Open to God’s Call

Open to God’s Call

Bishop Lucia hosts annual vocations picnic By Eileen Jevis | Staff Writer Some of those present at the Bishop’s annual vocations picnic were looking for a purpose in life. Some were contemplating answering God’s call. Some were eager while others were hesitant....
‘Forward!’ Part 2

‘Forward!’ Part 2

Bishop Lucia is looking ahead as he celebrates his 3rd Anniversary In our August 4 edition, we celebrated Bishop Douglas J. Lucia’s third anniversary (the official anniversary date is August 8th) as the Shepherd of the Diocese of Syracuse. This is Part 2 of the...
When CBA’s Cariseo coaches, ‘they know where they stand’

When CBA’s Cariseo coaches, ‘they know where they stand’

New girls varsity hoops coach has loved the game going all the way back to his St. Daniel’s days By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The prelude to sports night was pointed — aimed at No. 7. Mike Cariseo, then probably 11 years old, invited his friends, all Yankees...
Gabby & John are getting married: Meet the groom!

Gabby & John are getting married: Meet the groom!

By Dc Tom Cuskey | Editor Tick-tock, tick-tock.  The time is winding down to January 2023 and the wedding of Gabrielle “Gabby” Gleason and John Pattwell, the Broome County couple we have been following this year as they prepare for their nuptials. The couple are...
‘Here I am; send me’

‘Here I am; send me’

Two seminarians receive the Rite of Candidacy It was very fitting that on August 4, the feast day of St. John Vianney, two seminarians of the Diocese of Syracuse would receive the Rite of Candidacy on their journey to the priesthood.  Benjamin Schrantz and Pawel Zmija...
Historic Old St. John’s Church hosts free concert series

Historic Old St. John’s Church hosts free concert series

Historic Old St. John’s Church in downtown Utica will offer two free concerts to the public on two Sunday afternoons in August and September. Each concert will be around one hour long.  The first will take place on Aug. 21 at 3 p.m., featuring the Ida Tili-Trebicka...
Meet our new principals

Meet our new principals

Diocesan schools welcome new leaders; still vacancies to fill By Eileen Jevis | Staff Writer The nationwide teacher shortage has been in the headlines for months. In the Syracuse City School District, there are 300 open teaching positions, far more than any other...
Meet our new principals

Meet the ‘Voice of the Chancery’

Christine Werbeck assumes a new role in the diocesan office campus. She has a smiling face and, perhaps more importantly, a smiling voice. She is typically the first person people come in contact with when they call or visit the Chancery offices of the Diocese of...
Ladies of Faith at Cicero parish make pilgrimage to 2 shrines

Ladies of Faith at Cicero parish make pilgrimage to 2 shrines

The Ladies of Faith at Sacred Heart Parish in Cicero invited people on a July 16 pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville, N.Y., and the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site in Fonda, N.Y. Led by Terry and Deacon Ken Money, a...
30 years of teaching peace at OLS in Vestal

30 years of teaching peace at OLS in Vestal

Over twenty years ago, Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post columnist and director of the Center for Teaching Peace, visited Binghamton and gave an inspiring presentation on teaching peace to the next generation and in the audience were Dr. Jody and Mrs. Terry...
“Forward!”

“Forward!”

Bishop Lucia is looking ahead as he celebrates his 3rd Anniversary “In the Name of Jesus” is the guiding motto that Bishop Douglas J. Lucia adopted when he was ordained and installed as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse on August 8th, 2019. Bishop Lucia met...
The “Men in Black” knock it out of the park for vocations

The “Men in Black” knock it out of the park for vocations

It was a warm, humid Sunday evening at Skyway Park in North Syracuse, and the rain fell on and off. It did nothing, though, to dampen the enthusiasm of the Men in Black diocesan softball team’s effort to promote diocesan vocations and have a lot of fun in the...
St. Anne’s Triduum has deep roots in Syracuse, Binghamton

St. Anne’s Triduum has deep roots in Syracuse, Binghamton

By Dc. Tom Picciano, contributing writer, and Dc. Tom Cuskey, editor Svhe is the grandmother of Jesus, on Mary’s side of the Holy Family, and her feast day is July 26. She is St. Anne, and two parishes in our diocese celebrate her life and seek her intercession with...
Missionaries from across the U.S. lead Totus Tuus program

Missionaries from across the U.S. lead Totus Tuus program

By Eileen Jevis | Staff writer Missionaries arrived in the area from Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania to teach more than 500 children and young adults throughout the Syracuse Diocese. The Totus Tuus Program is a summer...
Contact Visits return to Onondaga County jails

Contact Visits return to Onondaga County jails

By Dc. Tom Cuskey | Editor  It’s been over two years since residents of the Onondaga County Justice Center and Jamesville Correctional Facility have been able to receive in-person visits from family and loved ones, all due to Covid-19 restrictions. That changed on...
Diocesan students get “Fearless” at Steubenville conference

Diocesan students get “Fearless” at Steubenville conference

By Kathryne Sparaco | Contributing Writer “Powerful!” This is the word that Brittany McCanney, Confirmation Coordinator at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero, used to describe the Steubenville Summer Conference that she attended as a chaperone with the parish’s Youth...
‘What better place to belong’

‘What better place to belong’

St. Patrick’s in Jordan celebrates its 125th; Bishop, ‘Father D’ concelebrate Mass By Tom Maguire  | Associate editor The St. Patrick’s timeline was rolled up like a diploma with a shiny green bow. At the parish in the Jordan countryside, they are well schooled in...
Called to the joy of love; NFP Awareness Week

Called to the joy of love; NFP Awareness Week

Natural Family Planning supports God’s gifts in marriage By Dc. Tom Cuskey | Editor In a society currently mired in protests, divisive rhetoric and opinions concerning abortion, contraceptive means and family values, it couldn’t be a better time to celebrate Natural...
Lourdes North American Volunteers celebrates 20 years of service

Lourdes North American Volunteers celebrates 20 years of service

International group was founded and home-grown in Syracuse  By Dc Tom Cuskey | Editor There is a home on Syracuse’s Northside that most people probably would not pay much attention to if they walked or drove by. It looks like any other well-kept neighborhood home,...
S. Tier native ‘loved Africa, he loved the people of Africa’

S. Tier native ‘loved Africa, he loved the people of Africa’

Peter Daino remembered for selflessness, devotion to Blessed Mother By Tom Maguire | Associate editor He was a man for Africa who retained his popularity at home as well.  Peter William Daino Jr., 69, who was an administrator for several years at All Saints Church in...
Bishop Lucia hosts VBS students at Cathedral

Bishop Lucia hosts VBS students at Cathedral

Bishop Douglas J. Lucia and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception recently had a visit from the Vacation Bible School group from St. Vincent de Paul, Syracuse. They got to know Bishop Lucia, and he got to do two of his favorite things: spend time with our youth...
Wentlent appointed parish life director at IC, Greene

Wentlent appointed parish life director at IC, Greene

Bishop Lucia has appointed Mary Wentlent Parish Life Director of Immaculate Conception Parish in Greene, Chenango County, effective Aug. 15, 2022. Mary has served the parish for the past 10 years, most recently as the pastoral associate. In this new role, Mary will be...
New deacon formation leadership announced

New deacon formation leadership announced

Bishop Douglas J. Lucia has appointed a new director and associate director to lead the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Syracuse.  Father Mark Kaminski, pastor of St. Anthony and St. Agnes Church and St. Mark’s Church in Utica will take over...
Columbiettes’ sale benefits charities and vocations

Columbiettes’ sale benefits charities and vocations

The Bishop Curley Columbiettes, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, will hold their annual garage sale and craft fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Community Center at 700 South Bay Road in North Syracuse.  The Columbiettes work and raise funds for...
A new ‘Team Approach’ is reshaping diocesan formation

A new ‘Team Approach’ is reshaping diocesan formation

By Dc Tom Cuskey | Editor What started as a group of diocesan department heads exploring ways to work better together has produced a new approach to form and engage people seeking formation in their faith.  “A Team Approach to Forming Disciples” is the result of a new...

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